Researcher Profiles

Dr Atma Ivancevic

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Atma Ivancevic is a postdoctoral researcher at the Adelaide Medical School, Neurogenetics Research Program. Her background includes an undergraduate degree in mathematics, recently conferred PhD in bioinformatics (awarded the Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence), and several attempts at freelance science writing. Her current project in the Gecz lab (@GeczSquadGoals) involves designing and optimizing pipelines to identify the genetic causes of intellectual disabilities, particularly epilepsy and cerebral palsy.

Dr Miranda Ween

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Dr Ween in Completed her PhD in 2010 in Cancer biology and then undertook a postdoctoral position in the Research Centre for Infectious Diseases with a focus on lung pathogenic bacteria and metal biology. In 2015, Dr Ween was invited to join the Chronic Inflammatory Lung Disease Laboratory. Here she investigates how smoking affects inflammation in the lung, and the ability of macrophages to phagocytose lung pathogenic bacteria. Dr Ween also studies the mechanisms into COPD, a lung disease which affects up to 1.5 million Australians.

Dr Sam Baroudi

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of the Professions

Dr Baroudi's research interests are in the sphere of project management. He was awarded his Doctor of Project Management in 2008 and has conducted ongoing research since that time. He is now located in the University of Adelaide's Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC). As an active researcher his work particularly focuses on the application of project management principles to various fields and situations. A research area that he has given significant time to in recent years is that of disaster restoration project management.

Dr Darren Plett

ARC Senior Research Associate
Faculty of Sciences

Darren's research goal is to improve the yield of cereal crops to provide more food for an expanding world population. He is using agricultural biotechnology techniques to discover the genes which regulate plant tolerance to abiotic stress. He then alters these genes to improve the tolerance of crop plants to stresses such as low soil nutrients, drought and salinity.

Associate Professor Cassandra Collins

Associate Lecturer in Viticulture
Faculty of Sciences

Cassandra is an Associate Professor in Viticulture.

After completing a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and a PhD in Horticulture, she gained experience in the wine industry as a cellarhand, an assistant winemaker and a viticulturist. However, a love of plants and a passion for research and teaching led to a role as a research fellow with the South Australian Research and Development Institute and the University of Adelaide, and then to her current role as a lecturer.

Dr Danny Wilson

Faculty of Sciences

Half of the world’s population is at risk of infection with mosquito-borne malaria parasites of the genus Plasmodium. These complex eukaryotic parasites that live inside human cells cause widespread sickness and death throughout tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world including countries neighbouring Australia. The majority of the >400,000 malaria related deaths that occur each year are caused by the parasite Plasmodium falciparum in children under 5 years in Africa, Asia and South America.

Dr Marc Gladman

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Marc is a surgeon scientist. He received his degree in Medicine from King’s College in the UK and was awarded a PhD by the University of London and then went on to complete a NIHR lectureship. He trained in both obstetrics and gynaecology and general surgery in the UK, receiving his Fellowship in 2008. Previously, he held the position of Chair of Colorectal Surgery at the University of Sydney.

Dr Ben Sparkes

DECRA Fellow
Faculty of Sciences

Our aim is to combine Australia's pioneering work developing specialised atom-filled optical fibres with world-leading quantum information storage protocols to probe the extreme limits of atom-light interactions. This will enable the creation of a compact, robust and modular node to efficiently store and process packets of optical quantum information.